What's it like way up there?
I might end up moving there with my family because of my Step-dad's work, and from what I can tell, its better than South Carolina, which is one of the other options.
More specifically, I'm talking about the area around Tacoma and such. What's the weather like in the summer, winter? How's Jeepin' out there? Will I get made fun of if I come from Kentucky? And most importantly: are there pretty girls way up north?
I moved to Seattle's Eastside 8 years ago from Chicago. Prior to that, I lived, amongst other places, outside of Boston, Houston, San Diego and then LA, and Oahu.
T-Town is a lot more blue collar than Seattle, but both are a really cool place. It came down to SF, Charlotte and Seattle for me, and while I wish occassionally that I had picked Charlotte, overall like it enough here that since we've settled in I've had two kids and plan to stay here to raise em.
Winter is great if you come from a cold weather state. You won't see the sun for 9 months (I travel a lot to remind myself what sun is), but it never gets really cold (snow is rare - place shuts down when it snows), then it will get AWESOME for a week in Feb just to screw with your head. But the summer's are great. You won't see a cloud for 2-3 months after July 4th. Never gets real hot either - half the homes don't even have air conditioning around here.
Wheeling is just ok IMO - too many trails getting closed down by the "Earth First" vegan crowd. Seattle in particular is prety far left overall, and since I have three Jeeps (and a Corvette) instead of a hybrid, get my fair share of dirty looks. But when you do go to one of the remaining open trails, they are usually pretty awesome. Compared to the Midwest, there are some unreal vistas out here.
There are however, no pretty women, or if they are, they are buried under a metric ton of flannel. If you see a pretty girl, odds are she's up from Cali to visit the EMP! Eye candy-wise, South Carolina has this place beat by miles. Plus, that southern accent...
Wait a minute - I think I just figured out why my wife liked the idea of us moving here instead of the SE!
In terms of making fun of you...well, you ARE from Kentucky, so isn't that an issue pretty much anywhere in the country.
In all seriousness, this is one of the nicest places in the country to live and raise a family, even with all it's quirks. But I will also say that I didn't realize until I had lived here for a while just how remote it really is out here. This really is a pretty remote part of the country. I felt "closer" in Oahu than I do out here - there is nothing near the NW, except Vancouver.